Rob Chestnut | Airbnb’s Global Commitment to Culture, Integrity and Inclusion Part 2
April 19, 2019

Our conversation with Rob Chestnut, Airbnb's general counsel, continues. This week, we talk about Airbnb's global commitment to culture, integrity, and inclusion.

Rob Chestnut, Airbnb | A Throwback to the early days of EIG
April 11, 2019

In this week's Immigration Nerds podcast we throwback for a "fireside chat" between Rob Chestnut, Airbnb's general counsel and Erickson Immigration Group's first referral, and Jerry Erickson, EIG's President and Founder. Listen in to a conversation between old friends and colleagues as they talk about the ...

Immigration Nerds Talk About Brexit and Football
April 4, 2019

Whether the "Yays" or the "Nays" have it, the ongoing Brexit conversation, and the outcome, may impact more than 70% of international players in the world's most dominant league, the Premier League. EIG global attorney Salman Cheema and managing director Justin Parsons (and football fans!) talk ...

Immigration Nerds Talk About 2020 CAP Season
March 29, 2019

In this week's Immigration Nerds podcast, we talk to Alejandra Zapatero, Erickson Immigration Group's Director of Client Relations. As CAP Season nears its end, we discuss the most recent USCIS updates for the 2020 CAP season, including the reinstated premium processing option and details on the ...

Immigration Nerds Talk with Professor Janelle Wong About Asian American Immigration
March 21, 2019

In this week's Immigration Nerds podcast, we talk to University of Maryland American History Professor Janelle Wong about immigration and her new book, "Immigrants, Evangelicals, and Politics in an Era of Demographic Change." Professor Wong walks through the Asian American immigration journey and explains how ...

Immigration Nerds Talk with Sirine Shebaya of the Organization Muslim Advocates about the "Muslim Ban"
March 14, 2019

In this week's Immigration Nerds podcast, we talk to civil rights attorney and interim legal director of Muslim Advocates Sirine Shebaya. Sirine discussed their work related to Executive Order 13769, the Muslim Travel Ban, family separation at the border, and the experiences and rights of detainees. ...

Immigration Compliance: A Tech Mobility Leadership Panel
March 8, 2019

In this week's podcast, we bring you the panel discussion EIG hosted with Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC) on government affairs and policy positions and goals for the tech-sector, as well as immigration compliance issues in the wake of increased enforcement. Our panelists included tech industry ...

Immigration Nerds Talk About Citizenship with Professor Robinson Woodward-Burns
February 28, 2019

“We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness….” These words reach ears with an aura of romanticism; they appeal to the ...

Immigration Nerds Talk to Professor Ron Hira in an H-1B Debate
February 22, 2019

In this week's Immigration Nerds podcast, we talk to Ron Hira, a Howard University professor and co-author of “Reforming US High Skilled Guestworker Program” which was published in the Atlantic Council. Erickson Immigration Group attorneys Justin Parsons and Hiba Anver discuss the H-1B program with ...

Immigration Nerds Talk with XXL about Grammy-nominated rapper 21 Savage and Deportation
February 14, 2019

Grammy-nominated rapper 21 Savage was apprehended by ICE earlier this month for overstaying his visa. Although he was released on bond this Wednesday, his permanent stay in America still lies in jeopardy potentially leaving behind his 3 American-born children, millions of dollars of revenue and ...

Immigration Nerds are Celebrating the Lunar New Year
February 7, 2019

As part of our Lunar New Year Celebration, Erickson Immigration Group attorneys Stephanie Tan and Dora Wang join us to talk tradition in this week's podcast. We'll explore the history and centuries-old lore behind the New Year as well as Stephanie and Dora’s family traditions ...

Immigration Nerds Talk about the end of the Shutdown. What's Next?
January 31, 2019

In this week's edition of the Immigration Nerds podcast, EIG attorney Liesolot Whitbeck sheds light on the specifics of the temporary reopening of the government agencies impacted by the shutdown and what that will mean for immigration services moving forward. This is a short and ...

Immigration Nerds Talk About the Immigration Story, Featuring NPR’s Betto Arcos, Part 2
January 25, 2019

Listen to the second part of our conversation with Betto Acros in this week's Immigration Nerds podcast two-part series. Enjoy the international journey Arcos relives through his words, memories, and music.

Immigration Nerds Talk About the Immigration Story, Featuring NPR's Betto Arcos, Part 1
January 25, 2019

In this week's two-part Immigration Nerds podcast, Betto Arcos shares his immigration story—humble beginnings in Veracruz, Mexico, a career in journalism and music that would take him around the world, an enduring work ethic, undying faith in himself, and a little bit of luck—in pursuit of his version ...

Immigration Nerds Talk About Asylum Law and the Government Shutdown's Affect on Detention Centers
January 18, 2019

In this week's Immigration Nerds podcast, Cair Coalition Litigation Director Claudia Cubas joins us to discuss the court cases that are currently moving the needle in asylum law. At a time when the U.S. is tightening restrictions on the admittance of asylum seekers, Claudia and her team continue ...

Immigration Nerds Talk About the Great Wall of Economics
January 11, 2019

Ian Kullgren, a journalist with Politico, joins the Immigration Nerds to share his expertise in international and domestic labor. In this week's discussion, we talk about the growing U.S. economy, how companies are responding to instances of worker shortages, where the China Trade deal stands, and more.

Holiday Travel Reminders
December 21, 2018

As we look forward to the holiday season, EIG wants to ensure that you have the documentation and information you need for international travel. Here are the most frequently asked questions (along with answers). If you have a question about your specific situation that is ...

UK | EU Leaders Approve Britain’s Brexit Deal
December 3, 2018

European Union leaders officially approved Britain’s separation–their Brexit—from the EU on Sunday, November 25. For Brexit to be finalized, the U.K. Parliament will have to vote to approve. Prime Minister Theresa May of Britain is pushing to have Brexit voted on before Parliament recesses on ...

LAW360 | Expert Analysis: Revised DOL Form Will Impact Upcoming H-1B Cap Season
November 29, 2018

By Miatrai Brown, Erickson Immigration Group Attorney On Nov. 19, 2018, the U.S. Department of Labor issued a new edition of the Labor Condition Application, or LCA, Form ETA-9035/9035E. The new application is similar to its predecessor as it requests information about the employer, foreign national and terms ...

Takeaways from EIG's Conversation with Laura Francis of BloombergLaw
October 25, 2018

Changes to H1B Lottery for 2019 possible, but "may be a bit ambitious" Update: As we get closer to the start of the new H-1B Cap season, EIG has learned more about planned changes to the H-1B Lottery. According to Laura Francis of BloombergLaw, who recently sat ...

Erickson in the News: Protectionism and Global Immigration in 2018
October 18, 2018

By Salman Cheema, Business Immigration Attorney and Tarunpal Dhillon, Attorney, Erickson Immigration Group For much of the last decade, waves of populist policy measures have dominated global headlines, much of it focused on the “Brexit” vote in the United Kingdom and the election of Donald Trump in ...

EIG Dispatch
Not All Heroes Wear Capes
September 26, 2018

There are many things that can throw a wedding party into turmoil – a missing dress, a sick groomsman, a burst pipe at the reception venue. This summer, a border nearly came between a bride and groom, but thanks to the quick intervention of EIG ...

EIG Dispatch
Trump vs. China: Implications for Academia and F-1 Holders
August 15, 2018

The Trump Administration’s efforts to address China’s purported “economic aggression” continue to manifest with threats of increased tariffs. In line with its negative view of Chinese trade practices, the administration is attempting to carry out its previously outlined goal of limiting the duration of stay ...

EIG Dispatch
Trump Executive Orders Lead to Tightened Immigration Policy
July 31, 2018

USCIS’s increased scrutiny of petitions will not come as news to business immigration professionals. Recently released data provides further verification of evolving adjudicative standards, with figures from USCIS noting that denials and requests for evidence (RFE’s) on H-1B petitions have sharply increased following the implementation of President ...

EIG Dispatch
Switzerland: Geographic Work Authorization Rules and Limitations
July 24, 2018

Swiss labor authorities limit the scope of employment authorization in many circumstances. While some foreign employees in Switzerland are allowed to provide their services to the entire Swiss marketplace, in many instances, employment is limited to the canton that issued their work permit. Cantons (of ...

EIG Dispatch
USCIS Memo Empowers Adjudicators to Issue More Denials
July 18, 2018

This past Friday the 13th proved to be a particularly unlucky day for the immigration world as USCIS published a news release informing the public that its Adjudicator’s Field Manual (AFM) was updated to provide officers with more freedom to deny applications without first issuing a Request for ...

EIG Dispatch
An Overview of the Valuable E-1/E-2 Visa
July 3, 2018

The E-1 or E-2 visa can be a valuable tool for foreign-owned businesses that trade primarily with the U.S. (E-1) or have made a substantial investment in the U.S. (E-2). The visa class requires that the business be majority-owned by nationals of a foreign country with a ...

EIG Dispatch
USCIS to Revoke Citizenship in Fraudulent Cases
June 19, 2018

USCIS announced plans to create a new office in Los Angeles dedicated to investigating citizenship fraud, with the agency identifying naturalized citizens suspected of obtaining permanent residence and citizenship using false identification. With a team of several dozen attorneys and immigration officers, USCIS will refer ...

EIG Dispatch
USCIS and DOJ to Collaborate on Visa Fraud Enforcement 
June 6, 2018

USCIS’s Fraud Detection and National Security Directorate (FDNS) and the Department of Justice’s Immigrant Employee Rights Division (IER) recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to facilitate collaboration in detecting and eliminating fraud and abuse of employment-based visa programs. These efforts are in furtherance of ...

EIG Dispatch
ICE Compliance Checks Rise Sharply in 2018
May 22, 2018

In late 2017, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Deputy Director Thomas Homan announced plans for the agency to dramatically increase worksite enforcement at US employers. While Director Homan may have recently announced his retirement,  ICE data corroborates the notion that heightened enforcement is here to ...